HOUSTON – There are always people in need and that means Chickasaw County needs United Way now more than ever.
United Way provided $116,302 of assistance to 32 agencies serving people from Chickasaw County last year and those agencies have requested roughly $159,850 this year.
“The goal this year for United Way of North Mississippi is $2.4 million,” said Michelle Richardson, United Way spokesman. “We have not made our goal just yet, but we feel sure we will by Christmas and be ready to allocate those funds in January.”
Robertson said it is no secret that donations are down and needs are up.
“Our main source of income is payroll deductions and the headcount is down in a lot of our factories and businesses,” said Richardson. “We just don’t want people to forget us at Christmas. United Way serves people in Chickasaw County year round.”
The Chickasaw County United Way Funds Distribution Committee met last week to begin the process of deciding the level of funding agencies will get.
“The Funds Distribution Committee is one of the key components of United Way,” said Richardson. “These are people from your community who know the local need, they know these agencies and they decide where the dollars go.”
Richardson pointed out United Way donations raised in Chickasaw County are dispersed by the committee to the 32 agencies making requests.
She said only 1 percent of United Way donations go to administration and the rest is dispersed to local agencies.
Agencies on this year’s list are; American Red Cross, Autism Center of Tupelo, CATCH Kids, COPES – CDF Charities Inc., EXCEL Inc., Faith Haven, Family Resource Center of NEMS, Gardner-Simons Home for Girls, Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity of Houston, Harden House, Hope Family Ministries, LIFE of Mississippi, Mission Okolona Food Pantry, NCADD, NMMC Camp Breathe EZZZE, NMMC Cancer Patient Fund, NMMC Diabetes Assistance Fund, NMMC Heart Patient Assistance Fund, NMMC Hospice Patient Assistance Fund, NMMC Social Work Patient Fund, North MS Kidney Foundation, Okolona Dollars for Scholars, Parkgate Pregnancy Clinic, Regional Rehabilitation Center, S.A.F.E., Sally Kate Winters Family Services, Salvation Army of Chickasaw County, Special Ed Bowling League, Survival Inc., Weston Reed Foundation and Women First.
The United Way 2011 Fundraising Campaign will close out in January and the Distribution Committee will meet that month to distribute funds.
The deadline to request funds from United Way of Chickasaw County was Nov. 1.
There are 18 Chickasaw County residents on the local fund disbursement committee.
Members of the 2014 Chickasaw Funds Distribution Committee are: Tiffany Bean, Birdie Burdine, Hank Franklin, Talitha Hudson, Gene Childs, Floyd Ingram, Shenia Jones, Steve Shultz, Terri Turner, Barbara Buggs, Donna Chrestman, Perry Grubbs, Scott Shempert, Debbie Harmon, Tom Byrne, Joyce East, Betty Holder and Frank Pemper.
“We are always looking for volunteers to serve on the disbursement committee,” said Richardson. “It’s as simple as calling us or stopping by our office and saying you want to volunteer.”